Does milk do a body good? Let’s take a look at how the dairy industry markets its product and how milk really impacts our health.
The dairy industry starts marketing to us practically from birth—kids are often exposed to its slick (and misleading) campaign materials at school. By the time we’re grown, we may think that we know milk well—but you might want to think twice before stopping at your supermarket’s dairy case.
One of the things I hear a lot from other vegans is “cow’s milk is for baby cows.” No matter what your ethical feelings about dairy might be, this does make sense, right? Just as human breast milk is made to help a baby double in size in its first year, cow’s milk is meant to help baby cows grow up fast by providing the nutrients that a calf needs to quickly put on weight and grow. So, how healthy is milk for humans? It’s questionable.
Last week, the latest in a series of undercover cruelty videos highlighted some of the animal abuse intrinsic to dairy production. Dairy consumption can also cause or aggravate many health problems, and creates enormous environmental pollution. If you’ve been thinking of exploring a dairy-free lifestyle, there’s never been a better time to try it out! Shifting towards a more compassionate, healthy, sustainable dairy-free kitchen doesn’t have to be daunting. Armed with a little knowledge, an adventurous spirit, and some vegan cheesecake recipes, going dairy-free can be surprisingly easy and delicious!